Archive for ‘Compilations’

March 21, 2012

Let It Roll

“Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)” is a song written by George Harrison and included on his first solo album All Things Must Pass. The song served as a tribute to Frank Crisp, a 19th century lawyer that had been a previous owner of Harrison’s Victorian residence known as Friar Park. It was also included on its namesake compilation album released in 2002.

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February 23, 2012

I’ll Be on My Way

The Beatles’ “I’ll Be on My Way” was their first song to be ‘given away’ to another artist. Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas (another Liverpool act managed by Brian Epstein) recorded the track in 1963 and released it as the b-side to their single “Do You Want to Know a Secret”, also written by Lennon/McCartney. The only released Beatles version was on their 1994 Live at the BBC compilation.

February 5, 2012

She’s A Woman

The Beatles released “She’s A Woman” as the b-side of their hit single “I Feel Fine” in 1964. The song was mainly written by Paul McCartney and was sung in the style of Little Richard. The first CD release of the song was on the 1988 compilation Past Masters, and McCartney also included it in his Unplugged session.
Listen to “She’s A Woman” from Paul McCartney’s Unplugged after the jump!
October 7, 2011

Beatles’ Ballads

The compilation album The Beatles’ Ballads was released in 1980 in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, India and Australia (but not in the U.S.). The disc featured 20 of the band’s most famous love songs, with the set eventually reaching #1. Artist John Byrne (aka “Patrick”) designed the cover art, which was originally created as a possible cover for the Beatles White Album while it was still known as A Doll’s House.

September 10, 2011

The Beatles Again

Apple Records released a compilation of The Beatles’ non-album singles and b-sides in 1970 entitled Hey Jude. The album was originally to be titled The Beatles Again, but was changed at the last minute to promote the “Hey Jude” single. The name change was completed after the labels were printed, so the original pressings still contain this name.

September 8, 2011

Beatles 1

Beatles 1, the 2001 single CD album featuring 27 of The Beatles’ #1 hits in the U.S. and UK, was a worldwide smash success, eventually becoming the best selling album of both the year and the decade, and selling over 41 million albums to date.

The album has been remastered and is now available to download on iTunes.

Visit TheBeatles.com to view the trailer!

February 12, 2011

Love Songs

Love Songs is a compilation of The Beatles’ most famous and well-loved  ballads, released in 1977. The album contains 25 tracks, spanning 2 discs, and is packaged in a gatefold cover featuring a black and white portrait of the band taken in 1967. The album has since been deleted and has yet to be released on CD or digital format.

December 29, 2010

A Collection of Beatles Oldies

In 1966, EMI released a compilation of Beatles tracks known as A Collection of Beatles Oldies, the first Beatles best-of album released in the UK. The album collected tracks from previous albums and singles released between 1963 and 1966. The collection was the first in the UK to include the song “Bad Boy.”

December 2, 2010

Past Masters

Past Masters is a two-volume set of compilation albums by The Beatles released  in 1988. The discs feature tracks not included on the UK studio albums, having only previously been available as singles, b-sides and on EPs. The discs were released alongside The Beatles’ studio albums so that the band’s entire catalogue could be available on CD. Past Masters, along with the other Beatles studio albums, were also re-released in remastered form in 2009 as a 2-disc set.

October 20, 2010

Red and Blue Albums

The Beatles released 1962-1966 and 1967-1970 – better known as the “Red” and “Blue” greatest hits albums, respectively – in 1973. The compilations were assembled by Beatles’ manager Allen Klein, with approval from the band themselves, to compete with the unofficial bootleg compilation called Alpha Omega that was being sold on TV. The albums have recently been remastered and re-released on CD.